Katy Perry’s One of the Boys is my guilty pleasure this summer. Pop music has taken itself far too seriously for far too long, and Perry’s quirky new release has plenty of what should be pop no-nos but are somehow so right.

It’s got her hits, the metro-sexual ex write-off “Ur So Gay” and the risqué (for the daughter of a preacher girl) “I Kissed a Girl,” but there are plenty more equally catchy and smartly comical numbers to choose from including the title song “One of the Boys” in which she confesses “I strap these suckers down ’cause they get in my way” as she breaks free of tomboy status to woo her sweetheart.

“Waking Up in Vegas” is a campy tale of the aftermath of drunken antics in the city of sin that could have been a total cliché if not so well executed. “Self-inflicted” is the last of the must-haves on the recording, but thankfully we’re in the mp3 age where you can truly take what you want and leave the rest.

Grade: B+

One of the Boys is currently available.